BORROWING STRENGTH

THEORY POWERING APPLICATIONS

— A Conference In Honor of Larry Brown’s 70th Birthday

PROGRAM

Wednesday, December 15th

8:00-8:40

Conference Registration; Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks

8:40-8:50

James Berger, Duke University

8:50-9:00

Michael Gibbons, Deputy Dean, The Wharton School

Morning Session I

9:00-10:45    

 

Session Chair: Samuel Kou, Harvard University

9:00-9:35

John Hartigan, Yale University

 

Brown ‘71   (Abstract)

9:35-10:10

William Strawderman, Rutgers University

 

Shrinkage Estimation for Matrix Loss   (Abstract)

10:10-10:45

Anirban  DasGupta, Purdue University

 

Density Estimation in High and Ultra High Dimensions   (Abstract)

10:45-11:05

Coffee Break

Morning Session II

11:05-12:15    

 

Session Chair: Naomi Altman, Penn State University

11:05-11:40

Peter Hall, University of Melbourne

 

Asynchronous Bagging for Improving High-dimensional Classifiers   (Abstract)

11:40-12:15

Edward George, University of Pennsylvania

 

Bayes Model Selection Using a Generalized g-Prior   (Abstract)

12:15-14:00

Lunch

Afternoon Session I

14:00-15:45    

 

Session Chair: Arthur Cohen, Rutgers University

14:00-14:35

Christian Robert, Universite Paris-Dauphine

 

A Vanilla Rao-Blackwellisation of Metropolis-Hastings Algorithms   (Abstract)

14:35-15:10

Holger Dette, Ruhr University Bochum

 

Geometry, Optimal Designs and Pharmacokinetic Models   (Abstract)

15:10-15:45

Ester Samuel-Cahn, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Some New, Some Old and Some Non-resolved Questions in Optimal Allocation Problems   (Abstract)

15:45-16:05

Coffee Break

Afternoon Session II

16:05-17:15    

 

Session Chair: Michael Levine, Purdue University

16:05-16:40

Robert Wolpert, Duke University

 

Stationary Infinitely-Divisible Markov Processes with Non-negative Integer Values   (Abstract)

16:40-17:15

Robert Adler, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

 

Persistent Homology, Probability and Statistics.   (Abstract)

Poster Session

(Instruction) 17:30-20:00    

 

Note: A photo ID is required to enter the building via Locust Entrance after 7:00pm.

 

 

Thursday, December 16th

8:00-9:00

Conference Registration; Continental Breakfast

Morning Session I

9:00-10:45    

 

Session Chair: Mosuk Chow, Penn State University

9:00-9:35

Mark Low, University of Pennsylvania

 

Lower Bounds   (Abstract)

9:35-10:10

Brenda MacGibbon, University of Quebec

 

Minimax Estimation Over Hyperrectangles with Implications in the Poisson Case   (Abstract)

10:10-10:45

Larry Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University 

 

Nonparametric Undirected Graphs   (Abstract)

10:45-11:05

Coffee Break

Morning Session II

11:05-12:15    

 

Session Chair: Edward George, University of Pennsylvania

11:05-11:40

Susie Bayarri, University of Valencia

 

Invariant, Robust Priors for Variable Selection   (Abstract)

11:40-12:15

Morris Eaton, University of Minnesota 

 

Invariance, Model Matching and Probability Matching   (Abstract)

12:15-14:00

Lunch

Afternoon Session I

14:00-15:45    

 

Session Chair: Hongzhe Li, University of Pennsylvania

14:00-14:35

Jianqing Fan, Princeton University

 

Control of the False Discovery Rate by Covariance Dependence Thresholding   (Abstract)

14:35-15:10

Harold Sackrowitz, Rutgers University

 

The Interval Property and Stepwise Procedures for Multiple Testing – Pitfalls and Remedies   (Abstract)

15:10-15:45

Steve Marron, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Object Oriented Data Analysis   (Abstract)

15:45-16:05

Coffee Break

Afternoon Session II

16:05-17:15    

 

Session Chair: Xu Han, Princeton University

16:05-16:40

Steve Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University

 

On the Causes of Effects   (Abstract)

16:40-17:15

Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard University

 

Simpson's Paradox Before and After the Bar   (Abstract)

Conference Banquet

(Penn Museum) 18:00-21:00    

 

Master of Ceremony: Tony Cai, University of Pennsylvania

 

Poster Awards Announcement

 

Note: The street address of the museum is 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

 

         Please enter the museum through the Warden Garden Entrance.

Friday, December 17th

8:00-9:00

Continental Breakfast

Morning Session I

9:00-10:45    

 

Session Chair: Zongming Ma, University of Pennsylvania

9:00-9:35

Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office, London UK

 

Smoothing the Absolute Loadings in Principal Components Analysis, with Applications to Genome-wide Association Data   (Abstract)

9:35-10:10

Alexandre Tsybakov, Universite Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie

 

Optimal Methods of Noisy Matrix Completion   (Abstract)

10:10-10:45

Yazhen Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Large Matrix Modeling and Estimation in Quantum Simulation   (Abstract)

10:45-11:05

Coffee Break

Morning Session II

11:05-12:15    

 

Session Chair: Alexander Rakhlin, University of Pennsylvania

11:05-11:40

Tony Cai, University of Pennsylvania

 

Transformations (Abstract)

11:40-12:15

Harry Zhou, Yale University

 

Some Advances and Challenges in the Asymptotic Equivalence Theory   (Abstract)

12:15-14:00

Lunch

Afternoon Session I

14:00-15:10    

 

Session Chair: Haipeng Shen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

14:00-14:35

Avi Mandelbaum, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

 

Empirical Adventures in Call Centers and Hospitals   (Abstract)

14:35-15:10

Axel Munk, Goettingen University

 

The Estimation of Spot Volatility  for High Frequency  Data   (Abstract)

15:10-15:30

Coffee Break

Afternoon Session II

15:30-16:40    

 

Session Chair: Qiqing Yu, Binghamton University

15:30-16:05

Cun-Hui  Zhang, Rutgers University

 

General Empirical Bayes and In-season Prediction of Baseball Batting Averages   (Abstract)

16:05-16:40

Eitan Greenshtein, Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel

 

Empirical Bayes with Covariates   (Abstract)

Closing Remarks

16:40-17:00

Iain Johnstone, Stanford University